Who can apply?

Startups/teams applying for the programme should already have formed teams with
members having relevant experience. The programme is targeted to the following
three groups:

  • locals born and grown up in Armenia,
  • Syrian Armenians that moved to Armenia because of the Civil war in Syria
  • repatriates that have repatriated for more than 6 months
  • Already formed team
  • Age of founders should be between 18-35
  • Preference will be given to teams with at least one (co)founder or employee from
    the diaspora

Only 2 members from a startup/team will be invited to participate in the programme.

Application deadline: October 23, 2018

 

Eligible Startup Stage

For the purposes of this programme the company can be considered eligible, if its product is in any
of these development phases: Pre-product/R&D, Concept, Prototype, Minimum Viable Product
(MVP), Initial revenue (Achieving sales).

See the description of company stages, considering the product development phases, in the table
below:

 

Company Stage Characteristics
Idea/Pre-seed Team Team has already been formed, founders can be involved in the project not full time at this stage.
Customers The team can define who is the typical customer for his product and has already identified main customers.
Revenue The team has already defined business model, understands what cost/revenue streams can be, and is working to develop pricing/revenue structure. The team has no revenue.
Product The team has already developed a concept, which can be adjusted during the R&D process.
Development/Seed Team The team consists of full-time founder(s).
Customers The company is in discussions with potential customers to determine demand in the market.
Revenue The pricing/revenue structure has been developed, but needs market validation. The company has no revenue.
Product The prototype is ready.
Startup Team The team consists of full-time founder(s) and is in the process of hiring initial employees as needed.
Customers The company has received letters of intent or customer commitments and the market need has been validated.
Revenue The company may be collecting revenue.
Product A minimum viable product has been launched.

 

Programme Process Description:

Programme process flow would have the following phases:

  • 1. Submission
  • Startups fill application form and submit via GUST. Having account in GUST is required.
  • 2. Pre-screening
  • Pre-screening will be conducted by reviewing application forms of the applicants.
  • 3. Screening
  • Screening is the process of evaluation to select only the most promising companies to participate in the Programme through applications.
  • 4. Selection
  • According to screening and evaluation results, startups will be selected for participation in the Programme.
  • 5. Participation in Programme
  • 2 members from each selected startups will be invited to participate in the Programme.
  • 6. Pitching
  • In the end of Programme, after participation in coaching and mentorship sessions each team will pitch its solution to the jury to compete for investment grant.
  • 7. Grants and awards provision
  • Grants and awards will be provided, when the winning teams:
    – Submit a proof of the formal company within 6 months from the end of the programme with at least one of the attendees as a founding member,
    – Provide a bank account under the company’s name.

Benefits proposed by Organizers

Selected startups will receive full funding for 2 members for the following:

  • Accommodation and meals
  • Local transportation
  • Cultural programme and site visits

 

Innovation Grants and Ecosystem Awards:

  • Teams will receive financial support after registering their legal entity in Armenia
  • Startups registered in Armenia or Artsakh will receive special Ecosystem Awards:
  • Free legal and taxation counseling
  • All the start-ups supported within Neruzh will have the opportunity to become residents
    of the SME Business Incubator and benefit from the services to be provided by Business
    Incubator’s professional staff.
  • Applicable STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) startups will be
    invited to attend the FAST Startup Studio for 4 months (co-working space and coaching
    programme)
  • The winning start-ups will be invited to become residents and benefit from the services
    of the Business Incubator to be established by “Armenian Caritas” Benevolent NGO and
    SME Cooperation Association NGO with EU funding
  • Selected startups will receive motivational prizes and will be invited to become part of
    UNDP ImpactAim Accelerator in the framework of Climate Change Technology program,
    as well as other relevant programs run by ImpactAim
  • 8 months Fellowship programme in Impact Hub
  • Mentorship and coaching by field experts
  • Support of partner organizations

 

Why to Apply?

The entrepreneurs will explore ways to improve each of their startup’s four capacities:

  1. Intellectual: exploring individual and team competencies and plans that generate genuine value for people and the business,
  2. Network: exploring access to relevant skilled people and to market,
  3. Financial: exploring access to capital,
  4. Core: exploring proper individual and team motivation.